Miscellaneous Pictures, 2013

To usher us into the new year, a grab bag of photos I like, not previously collected, that I took in 2013.

See you next year!


Whatever Top Posts, 2013 Plus Thoughts on 2014

And as the year winds down, it’s time to look at what the most popular posts on Whatever were for 2013. In order of visits, they are:

  1. To The Dudebro Who Thinks He’s Insulting Me by Calling Me a Feminist
  2. Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
  3. Being Poor
  4. Solving My Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit Problem
  5. Reporting Harassment at a Convention: A First-Person How To
  6. An Incomplete Guide to Not Creeping
  7. 10 Things Teenage Writers Should Know About Writing
  8. A Contract From Alibi
  9. Amazon’s Kindle Worlds: Instant Thoughts
  10. My New Convention Harassment Policy

It’s an interesting mix. One, there’s not a political piece in there, which is unusual, but then again I didn’t write too much on politics this year, so maybe that’s a “chicken-or-egg” sort of thing going on. Two, the archives continue to be a source of traffic, with four of the top ten spots going to pieces I wrote in other years.

Three, clearly, this is a year where I spent a lot of time dealing with/ruminating on sexism and other harassment issues in my community of science fiction and fantasy (and in the online world in general). And, you know, I feel pretty good about that — I think I had useful things to contribute and also that I helped move the conversation forward. That said, let me be the first to suggest I need not pat myself on the back too hard there. As I’ve noted before other people have been doing the hard work on these topics. I’ve been adding my voice to the chorus. The good news: The chorus seems to be making real progress.

The plan for Whatever in 2014 is the same as it ever is: I’ll write what I want to write about, and then we’ll see what happens then. With that said, I would expect that as it’s a mid-term election year here in the US, you’ll see me probably write about politics more. By this time I suspect most of you know what my biases are, politically speaking. Consider yourself warned. I’m also giving some thought about format — specifically, whether to do more short pieces and/or compilation pieces. We’ll see as the new year rolls around. Which, uh, should not be too long from now.

In any event, before the year finally switches over, thanks again for dropping by and reading. It’s been an interesting 2013. Let’s hope 2014 is interesting, and yet doesn’t make us all want to strangle each other by the end of it. It’s not too much to ask for.


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